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Wikipedia Summary for Arnold Palmer

Arnold Daniel Palmer (September 10, 1929 – September 25, 2016) was an American professional golfer who is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most charismatic players in the sport's history. Dating back to 1955, he won numerous events on both the PGA Tour and the circuit now known as PGA Tour Champions. Nicknamed The King, Palmer was one of golf's most popular stars and seen as a trailblazer, the first superstar of the sport's television age, which began in the 1950s.

Palmer's social impact on golf was unrivaled among fellow professionals; his humble background and plain-spoken popularity helped change the perception of golf from an elite, upper-class pastime of private clubs to a more populist sport accessible to middle and working classes via public courses. Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, and Gary Player were "The Big Three" in golf during the 1960s; they are credited with popularizing and commercializing the sport around the world.

In a career spanning more than six decades, Palmer won 62 PGA Tour titles from 1955 to 1973. He is fifth on the Tour's all-time victory list, trailing only Tiger Woods, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus, and Ben Hogan. He won seven major titles in a six-plus-year domination from the 1958 Masters to the 1964 Masters. He also won the PGA Tour Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998, and in 1974 was one of the 13 original inductees into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Quote: Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of long-coated brown puppy inside room
Photo Credit: Roberto Nickson

Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.


Quote: Success in golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of silhouette of kneeling man
Photo Credit: Aaron Burden

Success in golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character.


Quote: There's no question that the galleries still like to see birdies and eagles. If you take them all away, it takes some of the dramatics, the excitement of a golf tournament and people don't want to do that. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

There's no question that the galleries still like to see birdies and eagles. If you take them all away, it takes some of the dramatics, the excitement of a golf tournament and people don't want to do that.


Quote: The secret of concentration is the secret of self discovery. You reach inside yourself to discover your personal resources, and what it takes to match them to the challenge. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

The secret of concentration is the secret of self discovery. You reach inside yourself to discover your personal resources, and what it takes to match them to the challenge.


Quote: I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone's golf game. It's called an eraser. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

I have a tip that can take five strokes off anyone's golf game. It's called an eraser.


Quote: The game has such a hold on golfers because they compete not only against an opponent, but also against the course, against par, and most surely against themselves. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

The game has such a hold on golfers because they compete not only against an opponent, but also against the course, against par, and most surely against themselves.


Quote: Success golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

Success golf depends less on strength of body than upon strength of mind and character.


Quote: I like my airplane. It's as much a part of me as anything but my wife and kids. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

I like my airplane. It's as much a part of me as anything but my wife and kids.


Quote: You don't go to Palm Springs in the summer unless you're building a golf course. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

You don't go to Palm Springs in the summer unless you're building a golf course.


Quote: When you play by the rules, defy mental demons, overcome every challenge, and enjoy a walk in the country at the same time -- that's being alive. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

When you play by the rules, defy mental demons, overcome every challenge, and enjoy a walk in the country at the same time -- that's being alive.


Quote: For years I did take my time, but that was because I hated waiting to hit shots -- I adopted a pace where I didn't have to stand by my ball and wait. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

For years I did take my time, but that was because I hated waiting to hit shots -- I adopted a pace where I didn't have to stand by my ball and wait.


Quote: Some players are wonderful hitters of the ball, but they can't figure out ways to get out of trouble. Eighty percent of the time, there is a way. You just have to know how to look for it. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

Some players are wonderful hitters of the ball, but they can't figure out ways to get out of trouble. Eighty percent of the time, there is a way. You just have to know how to look for it.


Quote: I have a psychological feeling about things -- and if I have something that I need to accomplish and I accomplish it, I let down after that, and that happened to me in golf. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

I have a psychological feeling about things -- and if I have something that I need to accomplish and I accomplish it, I let down after that, and that happened to me in golf.


Quote: Putting is a fascinating, aggravating, wonderful, terrible and almost incomprehensible part of the game of golf. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

Putting is a fascinating, aggravating, wonderful, terrible and almost incomprehensible part of the game of golf.


Quote: We have a great field and I'm very happy about that. It's a tough time of year as it gets closer to the Masters, but I'm appreciative of the players who are here, and I'm expecting a great week. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

We have a great field and I'm very happy about that. It's a tough time of year as it gets closer to the Masters, but I'm appreciative of the players who are here, and I'm expecting a great week.


Quote: What separates great players from the good ones is not so much ability as brain power and emotional equilibrium. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

What separates great players from the good ones is not so much ability as brain power and emotional equilibrium.




Quote: Winning is a drive, it's a thing that you feel like when I go to bed at night I go to sleep. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

Winning is a drive, it's a thing that you feel like when I go to bed at night I go to sleep.


Quote: I feel more strongly than ever about this. I would like the professional game freed of golf carts. Golf is a physical game. If we are playing competitive professional golf, we should walk. When I can't walk 18 holes, I'll pack it in. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

I feel more strongly than ever about this. I would like the professional game freed of golf carts. Golf is a physical game. If we are playing competitive professional golf, we should walk. When I can't walk 18 holes, I'll pack it in.




Quote: I've drawn a lot of inspiration from people who have supported me, golfers who have helped me. If it wasn't for the game of golf I'd probably be mowing the greens back in Latrobe. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

I've drawn a lot of inspiration from people who have supported me, golfers who have helped me. If it wasn't for the game of golf I'd probably be mowing the greens back in Latrobe.


Quote: I was playing golf in Palm Springs and after a round I asked the waitress in a restaurant to bring me a glass of iced tea and lemonade. A lady sitting nearby heard me and asked the waitress to bring her a Palmer, too. The name caught on and the beverage quickly spread around the country. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of Arnold Palmer quote: I was playing golf in Palm Springs and after a round I asked the waitress in a restaurant to bring me a glass of iced tea and lemonade. A lady sitting nearby heard me and asked the waitress to bring her a Palmer, too. The name caught on and the beverage quickly spread around the country.- black text on quotes background

I was playing golf in Palm Springs and after a round I asked the waitress in a restaurant to bring me a glass of iced tea and lemonade. A lady sitting nearby heard me and asked the waitress to bring her a Palmer, too. The name caught on and the beverage quickly spread around the country.


Quote: I'm not much for sitting around and thinking about the past or talking about the past. What does that accomplish? by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

I'm not much for sitting around and thinking about the past or talking about the past. What does that accomplish?

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I'm not much for sitting around and thinking about the past or talking about the past. What does that accomplish? If I can give young people something to think about, like the future, that's a better use of my time.


Quote: When I was in college, I thought about becoming an attorney. But I wasn't smart enough; I hate being cooped up indoors; and I'm too nice a guy. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

When I was in college, I thought about becoming an attorney. But I wasn't smart enough; I hate being cooped up indoors; and I'm too nice a guy.


Quote: I was born in 1929, that was the depression, so the golf course was manned by my father and two guys, they worked for my dad and they took me with them everywhere they went. And it was fun. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

I was born in 1929, that was the depression, so the golf course was manned by my father and two guys, they worked for my dad and they took me with them everywhere they went. And it was fun.






Quote: First time I met Jack Nicholas I had heard about his golf and prowess -- I was playing in the Ohio amateur. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

First time I met Jack Nicholas I had heard about his golf and prowess -- I was playing in the Ohio amateur.


Quote: I don't think that golf has a place for two sets of rules. I think one of the reasons that the game has progressed in the way that it has over the years is the fact that the amateurs and the pros all play the same game, and they play under the same set of rules. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

I don't think that golf has a place for two sets of rules. I think one of the reasons that the game has progressed in the way that it has over the years is the fact that the amateurs and the pros all play the same game, and they play under the same set of rules.


Quote: Golf is a game of inches. The most important are the six inches between your ears. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

Golf is a game of inches. The most important are the six inches between your ears.


Quote: There's some good news, too, and the good news is that the players finally have become more aware of the fact that we in golf need sponsors, and we need the good will that is created by the players being, let's say, cooperative with the sponsors -- meaning friendly. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of Arnold Palmer quote; white text on black background

There's some good news, too, and the good news is that the players finally have become more aware of the fact that we in golf need sponsors, and we need the good will that is created by the players being, let's say, cooperative with the sponsors -- meaning friendly.


Quote: Timing is everything in life and in golf. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

Timing is everything in life and in golf.


Quote: Swing your swing. Not some idea of a swing. Not a swing you saw on TV. Not that swing you wish you had. No, swing your swing. Capable of greatness. Prized only by you. Perfect in it's imperfection. Swing your swing. I know, I did. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

Swing your swing. Not some idea of a swing. Not a swing you saw on TV. Not that swing you wish you had. No, swing your swing. Capable of greatness. Prized only by you. Perfect in it's imperfection. Swing your swing. I know, I did.


Quote: I have had a love affair with Wake Forest since my undergraduate days, but I didn't realize until many years later what I had truly learned at Wake Forest, both in and out of the classroom, about the meaning of a productive and meaningful life. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

I have had a love affair with Wake Forest since my undergraduate days, but I didn't realize until many years later what I had truly learned at Wake Forest, both in and out of the classroom, about the meaning of a productive and meaningful life.


Quote: We just became very good friends with Dwight Eisenhower, we played golf, we played heart exhibitions. Then his doctor said he should not play golf anymore. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

We just became very good friends with Dwight Eisenhower, we played golf, we played heart exhibitions. Then his doctor said he should not play golf anymore.


Quote: I used to get tired of drinking iced tea, so I'd ask my wife if we had some lemonade, and I would just dump it right in there. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

I used to get tired of drinking iced tea, so I'd ask my wife if we had some lemonade, and I would just dump it right in there.


Quote: I always knew what was most important to me. When I was growing up, nothing was more important than golf, but that's the attitude of a young person who hasn't a care in the world. Later on I figured it out. Family was first. Always. Then golf and business come after. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of Arnold Palmer quote; white text on black background

I always knew what was most important to me. When I was growing up, nothing was more important than golf, but that's the attitude of a young person who hasn't a care in the world. Later on I figured it out. Family was first. Always. Then golf and business come after.


Quote: I know, win or lose, I enjoyed the prospect of giving it my all. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

I know, win or lose, I enjoyed the prospect of giving it my all.


Quote: Phil Mickelson has done a great job. He's a great player and he's conducted himself very well through the years. He's been a good ambassador for the game. He hasn't won in a while, but he still has time, and it wouldn't surprise me if he won again. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

Phil Mickelson has done a great job. He's a great player and he's conducted himself very well through the years. He's been a good ambassador for the game. He hasn't won in a while, but he still has time, and it wouldn't surprise me if he won again.


Quote: The only really unplayable lie I can think of is when you're supposed to be playing golf and come home with lipstick on your collar. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

The only really unplayable lie I can think of is when you're supposed to be playing golf and come home with lipstick on your collar.


Quote: We can argue about major championships and whether Tiger will ever surpass Jack's 18 majors, but what can't be argued is this: Tiger Woods is the most dominant, most skilled player we've ever seen. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

We can argue about major championships and whether Tiger will ever surpass Jack's 18 majors, but what can't be argued is this: Tiger Woods is the most dominant, most skilled player we've ever seen.


Quote: I never heard Jack Nicklaus say, 'I'm a great player,' or Tiger Woods, as a matter of fact. They just get out and do it. And I think that's far more appealing... than talking about how good you are. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

I never heard Jack Nicklaus say, 'I'm a great player,' or Tiger Woods, as a matter of fact. They just get out and do it. And I think that's far more appealing... than talking about how good you are.


Quote: I like the Miami because I could play golf all winter. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

I like the Miami because I could play golf all winter.


Quote: I think a firm grip helps you control the club and prevents it from turning in your hands. Another thing about feel is, if you make a change in your grip, it takes time for your brain to adapt. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

I think a firm grip helps you control the club and prevents it from turning in your hands. Another thing about feel is, if you make a change in your grip, it takes time for your brain to adapt.


Quote: My search for ways to improve my touch has never ended. We players tried a lot of different things and compared notes. Little fads would set in. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

My search for ways to improve my touch has never ended. We players tried a lot of different things and compared notes. Little fads would set in.


Quote: Great touch is often written off simply as 'talent,' which is crucial, because a good swing can take a golfer only so far. I've seen thousands of fantastic swings in my day, but that doesn't guarantee anything. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

Great touch is often written off simply as 'talent,' which is crucial, because a good swing can take a golfer only so far. I've seen thousands of fantastic swings in my day, but that doesn't guarantee anything.


Quote: Feel is the most perplexing part of golf, and probably the most important. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

Feel is the most perplexing part of golf, and probably the most important.


Quote: I was mixing iced tea and lemonade in my kitchen since as long as I can remember. It wasn't until some time in the early 1960s that it became associated with me publicly. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

I was mixing iced tea and lemonade in my kitchen since as long as I can remember. It wasn't until some time in the early 1960s that it became associated with me publicly.


Quote: I fly my own airplane, and I have since 1960. I rarely fly anywhere other than my own airplane. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

I fly my own airplane, and I have since 1960. I rarely fly anywhere other than my own airplane.


Quote: I can remember back to my early tour days when some fellows didn't think I'd last too long. Nothing physical -- they said it was my swing. Some said it was too much of a 'muscle swing' to stand the test of time. One fellow predicted I wouldn't get past 30 out there. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of Arnold Palmer quote; white text on black background

I can remember back to my early tour days when some fellows didn't think I'd last too long. Nothing physical -- they said it was my swing. Some said it was too much of a 'muscle swing' to stand the test of time. One fellow predicted I wouldn't get past 30 out there.


Quote: My problem happens to be near-sightedness -- inability to see distance. And this is pretty tough on a golfer. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

My problem happens to be near-sightedness -- inability to see distance. And this is pretty tough on a golfer.


Quote: I find myself getting associated with a lot of younger people in the game. I still enjoy playing with them, and I think they still enjoy playing with me. As long as I can stay competitive and have fun doing what I'm doing, I guess I'll keep doing it. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

I find myself getting associated with a lot of younger people in the game. I still enjoy playing with them, and I think they still enjoy playing with me. As long as I can stay competitive and have fun doing what I'm doing, I guess I'll keep doing it.


Quote: My grandson Sam Saunders has been playing golf since he could hold a club and I spent a lot of time with him over the years. Like my father taught me, I showed him the fundamentals of the game and helped him make adjustments as he and his game matured over the years. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of Arnold Palmer quote; white text on black background

My grandson Sam Saunders has been playing golf since he could hold a club and I spent a lot of time with him over the years. Like my father taught me, I showed him the fundamentals of the game and helped him make adjustments as he and his game matured over the years.


Quote: Putting is like wisdom -- partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

Putting is like wisdom -- partly a natural gift and partly the accumulation of experience.


Quote: I never rooted against an opponent, but I never rooted for him either. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

I never rooted against an opponent, but I never rooted for him either.


Quote: I don't see myself as a full-time broadcaster. I've done some of it, and I enjoy it, but I don't think I should try to make a career out of it. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

I don't see myself as a full-time broadcaster. I've done some of it, and I enjoy it, but I don't think I should try to make a career out of it.


Quote: I try to deign golf courses that are individual in character and individual in their own standing. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

I try to deign golf courses that are individual in character and individual in their own standing.


Quote: The winners at the Olympics step up, bursting with pride, because everything that they have worked for and all their dedication is rewarded in a climax that I, and most golfers, will never experience. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

The winners at the Olympics step up, bursting with pride, because everything that they have worked for and all their dedication is rewarded in a climax that I, and most golfers, will never experience.


Quote: I can't be casual about losing. I always think I have a chance to win until winning is absolutely impossible. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

I can't be casual about losing. I always think I have a chance to win until winning is absolutely impossible.


Quote: Why hit a conservative shot? When you miss it, you are in just as much trouble as when you miss a bold one. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

Why hit a conservative shot? When you miss it, you are in just as much trouble as when you miss a bold one.


Quote: There is no king of golf. Never has been, never will be. Golf is the most democratic game on Earth... It punishes and exalts us all with splendid equal opportunity. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

There is no king of golf. Never has been, never will be. Golf is the most democratic game on Earth... It punishes and exalts us all with splendid equal opportunity.


Quote: The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

The most rewarding things you do in life are often the ones that look like they cannot be done.


Quote: Winning isn't everything, but wanting it is. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

Winning isn't everything, but wanting it is.


Quote: The more I practice the luckier I get. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

The more I practice the luckier I get.


Quote: I probably have a club in my hands 360 days a year, one way or another, playing with friends or just fiddling around or hitting balls. by author Arnold Palmer overlaid on photo of photo of author Arnold Palmer with quote

I probably have a club in my hands 360 days a year, one way or another, playing with friends or just fiddling around or hitting balls.


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